Development Manager

Website Next Stage Arts

Next Stage Arts, a creative and diverse cultural center founded in 2010 in Putney Vermont, seeks a full-time Development Manager to help grow and enhance its existing engagement and fundraising program. The creation of this brand new position reflects the dynamic growth of the organization over the last three years and our intention to take the next step toward building out a robust and sustainable development platform.

Next Stage presents over 100 events in a given year, focusing primarily on performing arts across genres and focuses on racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The organization, in its 12th year, has a 200-seat theater, art gallery, commercial kitchen, and a community space.


The Next Stage Development Manager will join the full-time Executive Director, Operations Manager and Facilities Manager, along with an active and engaged board.

This position will focus initially on growing the existing annual fund program, continuing the entrepreneurial approach to grant-seeking, and expanding the sponsorship program. The successful candidate will be a proven problem-solver with an entrepreneurial spirit who is able to pivot easily between highly detailed administrative work and working with the ED to vet and explore new concepts in the development realm. They will possess excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills in addition to being an extremely organized team member motivated by working to help evolve, improve, and refine the organization’s development platform.

This position will take primary responsibility for annual, special project, community, mail, digital, event and outreach fundraising, including prospecting and planning. This includes managing the donor database and donor acknowledgements, working with and supporting the Executive Director in their work with major donors, and collaborating in partnership with the Operations Manager for donor related work.

Next Stage offers flexible hours and a casual but focused work environment with some evening and weekend time necessary for events and donor meetings.

The Development Coordinator position is a full-time position. Annual salary is $42,500. Benefits include paid vacation, flexible work environment, with an additional stipend for health insurance. Initially an in-person position, this position may evolve into a hybrid in-person/remote.


● Manage the strategy, creation, implementation, modernization and evaluation of the organization’s annual fund campaigns, including direct mail and online appeals, reports, and relevant correspondence

● Research new grant possibilities and write grant proposals, grant reports, and keep track of funding deadlines.

● Ensure effective and efficient utilization of donor database functions including data entry, data quality, timely acknowledgement of cash and in-kind donations, production of reports, managing online donations, and recurring gifts

● Collaborate on updating and streamlining all fundraising components of the website and other electronic communication

● Support the Executive Director in building the Major Gifts program including research, timing, strategy, acknowledgement and other related components.

● Maintain database profile records appropriate for cultivation activities, solicitor actions, appeals, and segmentation

● Create strong donor cultivation, prospecting, segmentation, acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship systems and procedures

● Provide timely reports for internal and external reflection of Next Stage Arts’ fundraising results

● Manage fundraising events, sponsorships, and partnerships, including working with volunteers

● Collaborate with the Director and others to enhance the online presence, including website and social media

● Support the Board in their fundraising efforts

● Participate in overall planning, troubleshooting, and communication related to Next Stage Arts programs and community presence, as is necessary with a very small staff

● Support volunteer recruitment, training, and management


● Two years of relevant experience preferred, ideally in a non-profit setting. Ideally, a relevant degree in relation to the role preferred

● Experience and facility in database entry, analysis, reporting and some project management

● Preferred proficiency in donor management software, or other database or CRM experience

● Proven ability to communicate effectively through various written mediums

● Enthusiasm for Next Stage Arts programs, mission and goals

● Highly efficient, expedient, and productive work style

● Ability to initiate projects, be flexible, and work within a team environment.

● Ability to prioritize appropriately when facing multiple responsibilities and tasks.

● Ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral

● Appreciation for detail, planning and personal attention

● Entrepreneurial spirit, energy, curiosity, and enjoyment in working in a small, dynamic team setting

How to Apply

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter and resume/CV. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email your application to [email protected]

Applications may also be mailed to P.O. Box 251, Putney, Vermont 05346. No phone calls please.

Diversifying our staff is congruent with our mission. We value diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, neurodiversity, race, and religion.

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